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Kammanassie Pass (P1662)

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Looking north-west from Mnt Daskop Looking north-west from Mnt Daskop - Photo: Trygve Roberts

This interesting gravel pass traverses the Kammanassie river valley offering beautiful views and some fairly steep gradients. The pass is also sometimes called the Jonkershoogte Pass (Slingsby Maps). The pass descends from 610m ASL at its western end and drops 165 vertical metres over a very short distance via several tight bends to cross the Kammassie River via  a low level bridge. The road forms a T-junction at the Daskop farmstead where the pass turns sharply to the right to summit Mount Daskop itself at 526m ASL.

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Starting in the west near the Dieprivier farm at an altitude of 610m ASL the road starts descending gradually at first, then sweeps into an easy right hand bend towards the SSW, revealing wide views of the fertile lands along the Kammassie river valley. The road loops around a nose in the mountain into a tighter left hand bend. At this point the gradient gets considerably steeper and the bends get shorter and tighter as the road drops down the mountainside in a series of double S-bends.

The views to the east along the river valley are quite beautiful. This is a perfect spot (providing there is no traffic) to stop and take a photo, particularly if it is afternoon as the sun will be from above or behind. Just before the final bend before the bridge there is a fork in the road. The left hand fork goes to the Dieprivier farm. Keep right as the road descends down the last few meters of altitude, where it straightens out to cross the Kammanassie river over a low level concrete bridge - the Muller bridge.

Approaching the low level bridgeThe final approach to the low level bridge / Photo: Trygve RobertsImmediately after crossing the bridge, the road starts climbing again and routes towards the left and around the next hillside in an S-bend followed by a sharp 170 bend to the right. Slow down here as the road crosses straight across the Daskop farmstead. Watch out for farming vehicles, livestock and pedestrians.

Within 100m the road forms a T-junction.  A left turn allows you to continue along this farm road for many kilometers along the river valley.The pass itself involves turning sharp right, where the road climbs steeply at 1:6 and heads south-west up the southern bank of the river valley. It terminates at the first big left hand loop at an altitude of 526m ASL. There's not much space here, but usually with very low traffic on this road, it is fairly safe to pull over as far as you can and take a walk to the best vantage point where you can enjoy sweeping views of the Kammanassie river valley and the pass on the far side, where you have just descended. 

A short distance later, the road changes direction into the south and crosses a tributary of the Kammanassie river - the Gansekraal river.

Views over Daskop farm looking north-eastLooking north-east from the southern end of the pass at Mnt. Daskop / Photo: Trygve Roberts


Fact File:

GPS START 

S33.718581 E22.683618

GPS SUMMIT

S33.732864 E22.697479

GPS END 

S33.735095 E22.703405

AVE GRADIENT

1:20

MAX GRADIENT

1:10

ELEVATION START

610m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

442m

ELEVATION END

525m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

168m

DISTANCE

5,14 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

East

TIME REQUIRED

15 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

30 - 60 kph

SURFACE

Gravel

DATE FILMED

28.10.2014

TEMPERATURE

24C

NEAREST TOWN

Dysselsdorp (30km)


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